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Monday, July 18, 2016

Jac Collinsworth Heading To Olympics To Head Up Social Media Coverage

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Jac Collinsworth is heading to the Summer Olympics, but instead of playing sports, he'll be NBC's first Olympics' social media correspondent.

Via Facebook Live, Twitter and Instagram, he'll be interviewing athletes and giving a behind-the-scenes look.

The following is WVXU's John Kieswetter:

At 21, Jac Collinsworth will be one of NBC's youngest reporters ever covering the Summer Olympics. But don't expect any father-son moments with Jac and Cris Collinsworth from Rio de Janeiro on NBC's Facebook Live stream, Twitter or the NBC TV network.

"He's done Olympics for like 97 years, and I finally get this, and he's not going to be there! I'm a little bummed," says Jac by phone from the family's Fort Thomas home.

"I thought that if I was ever going to the Olympics, we'd be there together."
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His famous father might fly down "for four days or so" to see the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Brazil before dad gets "plenty busy in the fall" on NBC's "Sunday Night Football." The Opening Ceremony airs Friday, Aug. 5, with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Hoda Kotb.

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Jac, a Notre Dame University senior this fall, will be NBC's first Olympics’ social media correspondent. He’ll interview athletes and NBC analysts, and provide a behind the scenes look at the Rio games on social media platforms.

He's been working for NBC Sports for three years, as a sidelines producer for NBC's Kathryn Tappen and Alex Flanagan. He's also hosted  the "ND Live" digital show, and co-hosted the weekly "Student Section" sports show on SiriusXM radio (7-9 p.m. Mondays, Channel 84).

Read the rest of WVXU's John Kieswetter's report here:

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